Originally Posted by Mfusick
Who is talking about Seagate ? I'm not. I missed this part, and why you are making this jump. I thought we were bashing on Mfusick because he does not like WD 5400rpm because they cost more, have serious reliability concerns in some cases, and generally poor performance. I have (and still do) recommend the Seagate models because they work great and they are cheap, but I recommend the Hitachi and the Toshiba just the same for the same reasons. The only reason why Seagate was more popular was because the drives are often cheaper and more easily available (on sale more often). Non of this has anything to do with OCZ or SSD's IMO.
You're trying to combine two separate issues.
It's been pointed out several times that the majority of your criticisms towards WD are irrational and unfounded. That mostly centered around the nonsense about how they label their drives (as plainly as anyone could reasonably ask) You've repeatedly and insistently stated that you hate WD. If you don't believe me, I'll provide quotes.
You've also repeatedly and insistently stated how much you hate 5400rpm drives. And you've tried to defend that stance with nothing but irrational rhetoric. If you don't believe me, I'll provide you with quotes.
Claiming to be brand agnostic while also spreading vitriol about a particular brand is not
a good way to spread helpful advice. Making broad generalizations based on other broad (and oft incorrect) generalizations is not a good way to spread helpful advice among the community. If someone caught me giving out bad advice, I sincerely hope they'd do everything they could to make sure I was corrected as well as anyone who might have been listening to my bad advice.
You continue to claim that you haven't said anything like that and if you don't understand how "5400rpm drives are crappy" or "5400rpm drives suck" can be considered bad advice and not just an ambiguously worded opinion, then perhaps you might want to brush up English. I'm not sure what else to tell you in that regard.
As far as the generalizations that you've made to come to your ambiguously worded opinion...
1) 5400rpm drives are always slower than their faster-spindled counterparts. That is not
always true. I've provided benchmarks to prove it.But even when some 5400rpm drives do end up being slower...
2) Faster drives translate to faster system performance. That's is not
always true. Again, benchmarks and common sense have been provided in the pastBut even when the faster drive does translate to faster system performance...
3) Faster system performance is the top priority for those looking to purchase new drives. That is not
always true. Price, heat, noise and plenty of other factors can be at the top of a given person's list of criteria.
All of those are assumptions that must be made (incorrectly so) to state flatly that 5400rpm drives suck.
I like to talk about this stuff. I like to be accurate about it. I even like when data is shown that shows I am wrong; I like learning and discussing this stuff. What I absolutely hate is when you try to make the conversation about me and not about the technology of HTPC. Why the continual personalization of everything ? Why do you focus the conversation so much about me, and tearing me down ??? I'd love if you posted your own opinion, and why you feel that way, provided some data that supported it. That's much better IMO than trying continually to post nonsense aimed at discrediting me or my opinion. But alas this is why we can't have nice things. This isn't a personal debate and nor should it be so it does bother me when you try to make it out to be that. Let's just stick to the real facts and talking about HTPC technology. If you think my opinion is wrong, or you disagree with it post your own, support it and let people decide for themselves. That's what forums like this are for. They are not for personal grudge matches and bickering. If your goal is to balance the public perception against my own opinion on something, stating your own opinion and backing it up with data is a much more effective and helpful way of doing that than trying to personally tear me or my opinion down. Sorry to vent some frustration here but I think you need some awareness about how much your posting has degraded. I miss the old posting you used to do that was helpful and informative.
Some hypothetical random imaginary guy says: "5400rpm drives suck"
Some other hypothetical random imaginary guy says: "Well, that's not entirely true..."
First hypothetical random imaginary guy replies "But that's just my
opinion!" (Note the italicized part right there. It just became personal.)
Second hypothetical random imaginary guy responds "Well, you're entitled to your opinion, but it still isn't entirely correct."
First hypothetical random imaginary guy replies "Hey man, don't make this about me!"
The first hypothetical random imaginary guy can't have it both ways. If he wants to throw his personal opinions out there (especially when delivered ambiguously in such a way as they could be construed as statements of fact) his personal opinions are subject to scrutiny. If he doesn't want his personal opinions scrutinized, he would be better off sticking with the facts.